Blogging with Windows Live Writer. 7. Handling those files!

Now we’ll take a close look at the FILE tab. This is the only tab that doesn’t currently have its own ribbon interface, but instead shows when clicked as a drop down list of choices.

File drop down list

We’ll now work our way through the choices from this list, some of which have already been covered in other ribbon choices.

1. Clicking on the top choice of New Post will, in the case of WordPress, give you two choices, New Post or New Page. (which if you use pages on your blog, allows you to compose one of those with Writer as well. This choice is sadly not available for Blogger at this time.

2. Open local draft. This choice opens a draft post that you have previously saved to your computer. Click on any of your saved posts in the right hand list to open it. To scroll down the list click on the small arrow at the bottom.

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3. Open recent post will open any post that you have published to your blog. However, it also opens any post published to your blog over a set time as long as that post was originally constructed in Live Writer. To access any older posts, in order to edit one for example, simply click on the Open Recent post icon on the left. A new window will open up. On the left hand side will be a list of all of your blogs and on the right a list of the recent posts published.

4.  In a small box at the top next to show, you will see a default number of 25 posts. On the right is a Delete box.  By clicking on the Show box, you can adjust how many past posts Writer should bring down to edit. This can be adjusted depending on how long you have used Writer to compose and publish your blog posts on that particular blog account, because only posts constructed with Writer previously can be accessed. To access a particular old post, scroll down the list of posts and then select the one you require and Writer will then download it for editing.

Going back 500 posts

NOTE! There is a current problem with Writer fetching down any posts older than 20 on WordPress at the moment, and you may receive an error message if trying to access older posts. All other blogging platforms such as Blogger are working fine.

5. The next choice is Save, and you are offered three choices for your current post.  You can save a local draft to your computer, you can post a draft to your blog that is not viewable by the public and which you can then bring back down into Writer to edit at a later date, or alternatively you can post the draft to continue editing online.

Save choices

6. Next choice is  Delete Draft, which when selected presents you with a list of your currently stored drafts on your computer. To delete one, just scroll down the list and select it.

7. Publish is self explanatory and is also available in the HOME Ribbon. Clicking on it will immediately publish the current post to your blog.

8. Print will print out the current post via a connected printer and you are also offered the choice to Preview the post before printing.

9. Next we arrive at Options. Selecting this choice will open up exactly the same window as is available from the HOME ribbon under the list of your blogs when selecting Manage your Accounts. If you wish to change any of the Options available from the list, click on the icon to change it, then click on Apply and OK to Save.

Remind me in Preferences

10. About Windows Writer gives you more information about Writer the version you are currently using and the build number. You can also access any log files from here by clicking on Show Log File.

11. Clicking on Exit will close Live Writer but if you have not done a recent save of your current draft, you will receive a warning notice to that effect and prompted to Save it first.

Next post we’ll cover setting up some Categories and setting our post dates including setting up a future date for publishing a post. . We’ll also take a look at posting the same post to two (or more) different blogging platforms, a feature which I tend to use a lot.


From Spaces to Wordpress step by step. Choosing a theme.

3. Choosing a new Theme.

As soon as your new blog on WordPress has been set up, you will be assigned the Twenty Ten default theme. This theme is pretty versatile. You can choose to use your own header and select your own background, either a base colour or alternatively a background picture. So Twenty Ten allows you to personalise it and make it look pretty unique and different to other blogs on WordPress that use this same theme. Twenty Ten already gives some different choices of header pictures for you to choose from.  However, if this default theme is not to your taste, then its fairly easy to choose another one instead. Maybe you intend to use your new WordPress blog as a photo display blog and would prefer a darker background or a wider area in which to show off your pristine photos?  Whatever your personal tastes and requirements, there is sure to be at least one theme on WordPress that will fulfil your needs.

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Blogging with Windows Live Writer. 1.

Let’s start Blogging!

One of the  most useful programs I have found to use if you do any blogging  is Windows Live Writer. I am constantly amazed by how many bloggers are not even aware of its existence. So I intend to do a series of posts about this wonderful little program that is part of the Windows Live Essentials package. You can of course just download Writer by itself if you are not interested in the other Live Essentials programs but it does work well with the other programs in the Live suite especially Live Photo Gallery. So let’s begin shall we?

1. Firstly download LIve Writer from HERE and install it.

2. Once installed, on opening the program you will be prompted to insert the details of your blog into Writer so that it can fully ‘sync’ with it. 

Input your details

You will need to supply the URL of your blog, your user name that you supply when accessing your blog and also the password that you use. Once this is done Writer will sync with you blog, including all its settings, the theme style used, the fonts etc, so that as you compose a post for your blog, you can see exactly what it will look like when posted.  Take a look at the pictures to see it syncing with my WordPress blog. Writer also works with Blogger,Typepad, Live Journal, Windows Live Spaces and most of the popular blogging sites.

Now you can begin to insert some text.  Writer will use the font specified in your blog theme by default but you can change this to another font if you wish.  You can also give your post a heading. Any headings will also be as specified by your theme but again this can be changed so let’s make a heading, change the font and size, underline it, make it bold and then alter the font of our main paragraph.

Choosing a header 3. Once you have given your post a title (and who’s format you can’t unfortunately alter in Writer) Click on the small arrow in the box at the top of the writing area which currently says Paragraph.  A drop down list will appear allowing you to choose different headers for your chapter or paragraph.  Alternatively you can insert some text for your header (such as Let’s start Blogging!) and then highlight it, click inside the box and then choose the style for your chapter header. I have chosen Header 1 for my header. But I want to underline it as well, so again I will highlight it and then select U from the composing taskbar. Note. It is possible to alter the  font/size/style for your chapter header after you have chosen the type of header from the drop down list by simply  leaving it highlighted and then choosing Format, font, style, size.

Once your satisfied with your chosen header you can move onto the main content. If you don’t want the default font for your  main text  here is how you change that.

Selecting a font in Writer

4.  After moving you cursor from the Chapter Header to the main writing area, (Paragraph will now show in the box) click on Format from the Menu, then select font from the drop down list.  A small window will then appear where you can select a different font, its style and its size. You can also change your fonts colour here which is very useful if you wish to highlight particular text within your post.  Once you have selected your font and clicked on OK, you can begin to type in your content.  So far, Writer is working for you more or less like a simple word processor.  Now let’s change some settings in Writer for blogging.  For example, how often  you wish Writer to save your work to a draft copy so that you don’t lose any of your work.  I tend to set mine to save to draft once every 2 minutes but this is entirely up to you.  So let’s set that up next.

5. Click on Tools from the main menu bar at the very top and then select Options.  A new window will open with lot’s of different settings for you to tweak.  The top option is Preferences and here you can set up whether or not to use a single window when your editing your posts or a new window for every edit, whether or not you wish  to be taken to your blog once a post is published to it and also any reminders that you need Writer to prompt you for before  publishing a post such as Specifying a title, setting up categories and/or tags.

Editing Options6. The option that we need for now is the Editing option so click on that. I’m going to save my drafts every minute but you can choose to save a draft as often as you wish.  There are also other options that you might wish to choose here as well, including ‘show real-time word count in status bar’ which many bloggers might find useful.

There are lot’s of other options available in Writer and you might like to take a look at some of them whilst your in the Options window.  Another useful Option is the Spelling option so let’s set that up now.

Spelling choices.7. Click on the Spelling option in this window. Here you can specify which dictionary Writer should use (in my case the United Kingdom one) whether you want Writer to employ real-time spell checking, ignore words in Uppercase when spell checking, ignore words with numbers in them and/or check spelling before publishing.  Just tick each choice that you prefer and then click on OK.

We’ll take a look at some of the other settings as we need them in later posts.

Next post I will move onto inserting pictures into your post and the cool things you can do with them in Writer.